Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 84: I Hate People

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 17.50 miles

Last night I slept badly, bothered by the flapping of my tent in the wind and how it was merging with the crackling of my air mattress to create a cloud of evil over the campsite. Sorry to my fellow campers.

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Sunrise through the smoke

The wind continued strong and cold throughout the day. It reminded me of autumn and I got into a nostalgic mood, thinking about collecting acorns and fallen leaves as a kid.

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In the afternoon, I realized that the smoke was clearing. Good job wind, keep it up!! Unfortunately the scenery wasn’t worthy of the first clear day in weeks. eTrails noted a clearcut. Thank goodness I didn’t miss that one!

I took a short side trip to ‘Airplane Meadows’, which contains plane wreckage from an old crash.

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The trail passed Urich Cabin, pretty but supposedly riddled with mice, and its outhouse, always appreciated. The stream passing the cabin looked gross with scum on the surface.

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Ulrich Cabin
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From looking at the map, I wasn’t expecting camping to be easy today. The area was ledgy and finding a sheltered spot had to be a consideration. Around suppertime I ended up at a spring surrounded by established campsites, but their state was beyond the pale. One was littered with toilet paper. One had toothpaste stains and a suspicious wet spot. One had a shallow, feces-exposed cathole a few metres away. The fourth was already occupied. After deciding that camping in any of those places was impossible, and that I hate people, I searched up and down the trail until I found a stealth site. It’s tilted to the extent that my water bottle rolls across the floor, but useable.

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